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magically • left out • have an in
confident • automatically
  1. The door closes after you open it.
  2. He pulled a rabbit out of the hat.
  3. I felt at the party.
  4. She at that company.
  5. He looks so when he speaks in public.
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Mixer 126 Talent Wish

Listen to six people talk about a talent they they wish they had or would like to learn.

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magically

If I could magically get a new talent, that would be to have nice handwriting.

We use the word 'magically' to show something should not be possible. Notice the following:

  1. Somehow, I magically got 100% on the test.
  2. If I could magically make all my problems go away I would, but unfortunately, I can't.

left out

I'm always left out because I don't know what's going on

When you are left out, that means you are not included. Notice the following:

  1. At the party I was left out because everyone was speaking Spanish.
  2. All my friends can surf but me, so when we go to beach I feel left out.

have an in

If I was able to play soccer, I would have an in with new friends.

When you 'have an in', that means you have a personal connection to someone. Notice the following:

  1. When she was in China, because she was Irish she had an in with students studying English.
  2. My father's best friend is the boss with that company so I have an in with them.

confident

I'm not very confident with singing.

When you are confident at doing some activity, you think you can do it well. Notice the following:

  1. He was confident he would pass the test, but he failed.
  2. I just got my licence so I am still not confident driving on the high way yet.

automatically

I was just better at it automatically.

When something happens automatically, it happens without any prompting. Notice the following:

  1. The newspaper subscription automatically renews each year.
  2. My father always automatically starts washing the dishes after dinner.